My name is LaWanda.
I am an Artist & Author, a wife, mother, and pet lover. Just a haphazard girl.
I am a lover of folklore, adventure, imagination, and life.
In 2017 I underwent the deepest cranial surgery a person could have.
The recovery from the surgery along with its symptoms nearly drove me mad.
I was diagnosed with postoperative PTSD and struggled to find my way back to living.
During my recovery process, I started keeping notes and diaries of what I was going through.
Then, I decided to publish it all as a book for others.
Art and writing my books is not just a way of getting my story out, but it is also my therapy.
It is an ejection of feelings, emotions, pain, and strength.
Every day, I wake up, I feet like I am swinging a sack of bricks over my shoulder.
I had to get some relief. So brick by brick, I found my therapy...
I started writing and dabbling in my long lost love for art.
I started to feel the weight lifting and soon my first book, Reduced To Madness, was born.
It made top 100 best sellers in neurosurgery in it's first month.
After my first book was published, I found that writing just flowed from my soul.
I enjoyed it so much that I decided to keep going. With every word that I got out and every tear that escaped, I healed a little more. Or at the very least, felt some relief.
Going through the pain and madness of brain surgery surfaced a lot of old pain, loss and suffering,
but it also surfaced some old love... art. I started slathering frustrations with art.
In a way, this has all made me who I am today.
A new person. To this day I suffer the after effects of brain injury. I have imbalance, post-operative PTSD, over-stimulation disorder, and I have nerve damage that is beyond repair. Art is my safe place. Art is my release and it has saved my life.
I am a girl who just wants to be happy, feel better, appreciate life, and drink coffee.
Give me a warm blanket, my dogs, and my laptop
and all my feelings, emotions, desires, and imagination start creating art & books.
I hope you enjoy my works as it is more than just that, it is a part of me.
My art is mostly abstract painting, drawing, enhanced photography, mixed media, tattoo designs, and splatters of needed therapy. I create book covers, artwork for others, and much more.
I have much art and many stories in the stirring pot that are soon to be!
So, Please stay in touch!! And feel free to contact me.